Although most warts are benign they can cause a lot of embarrassment in the person who has them, especially if they are present in the visible areas of the body. They are caused by a variety of slow acting viruses that are slow acting. There are at least 60 known types of these viruses, known as Human Papilloma Viruses (HPV). Warts can either appear on the skin singly or in clusters. They commonly of three types – common warts, plantar warts and genital warts.
Because they look ugly most people wish to remove the warts as soon as they appear. There are various treatments available for wart removal like freezing them out with liquid nitrogen, using salicylic acid, laser surgery, duct tape and natural methods using home remedies. You can either seek professional help for wart removal or you can choose to treat them at home. Both are equally effective. Because it is easy to remove warts at home many people prefer to heal warts the natural way. Doctors known as dermatologists are professionally trained to remove warts.
Common warts can be found at any location on the body but they are usually found on the fingers, hands, elbows, forearms,the skin around the nails, face and knees. Usually they appear on the area of the skin that is exposed to trauma, abrasion or constant friction as they provide entry points for the virus. Common warts are either flat or raised, moist or dry can can have a pitted or rough surface. The viruses that cause common warts are highly contagious and enter the body through breaks in the skin. They can spread fast if they are picked, trimmed, touched, bitten or cut while shaving. However they usually do not cause pain or itching.
Plantar warts appear on the soles of the feet and on the underside of the toes. They look like calluses, but unlike them are soft and can easily bleed if their surface is trimmed. They don’t spread to other parts of the body. Genital warts are the soft and moist growths around the penis, vagina, anus, groin and scrotum and in men they grow in the urethra also. They resemble tiny cauliflower pink or red in color. They are transferred from one person to another through oral, vaginal or anal intercourse. A child born to a mother with genital warts may contract the HPV virus. Warts do not appear until after three months of the infection with the HPV virus by which time they will have spread.
Some of the most popular home remedies for treatment of warts are given below:
o The application of Fresh Aloe Vera Juice directly helps in dissolving the warts and toning the skin. Thus it can be used as safe and effective wart remover.
o The fresh milky sap from the leaf or stem of milkweed a weed that is widespread in North America can be applied directly to the warts once a day to give dramatic results. The advantage of this is that it is does not irritate an does not effect normal skin in any way.
o Proteolytic enzymes present in papaya, pineapple, banana and figs can help to digest and dissolve the warts and can be used safely for wart removal.The fresh plant sap or concentrate can be used by taping it to the wart for several hours.
o Citrus fruits, asparagus, eggs, onions and garlic contain sulfur containing amino acids and their inclusion in the diet can prevent the spread of warts.